New York, October 2 (MTI) – Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto reopened Hungary’s consulate general in Chicago on Thursday, local time.
Szijjarto told MTI by phone that the consulate general, closed in 2009, has a special significance in terms of economic policy, as well as in terms of policy for Hungarian communities abroad, concidering the 35-40,000 Hungarians living in the Midwestern United States. There are several companies in the region that have already started operations or plan to start investments in Hungary.
The Midwest played an important role in Hungary increasing exports to the US by 20 percent last year, he added.
“This was a record-breaking figure and it was the first year when exports to the US were higher than to Russia,” he said. Hungary could increase US exports by another 3 percent in the first six months of this year, he added.
“We expect the consulate general to further enhance the representation of economic interests and local presence to enable faster response to investor demands”, he said.